May 24, 2010

LOST 6×17 & 6×18 “The End” Parts 1 & 2

We know The End.  Though at this current moment I cannot say I fully understand it.  The series finale of LOST was more a way for us to just say good-bye to all our favorite characters, one last time.

***SPOILERS***

So that is it.  It was a competent series finale, which is actually praise, since many other shows’ finales were not good at all.  We got one last dose of secret island mystery, that great set with the water and the stone plug.  I just paused for like three minutes not knowing what else to write.  Seems like I should have just turned off my TV and walked out a door into bright white light myself.  I spend so much of my time revisiting my own, more important past memories.

WHAT I LIKED:

WHAT I DID NOT LIKE:

I guess the gray haired lady (forget her name) who told Desmond to wait wanted everyone to have more time in their flash-sideways lives before he made them remember all the island stuff again?  Interesting her son’s name was not Faraday, but Widmore in the flash-sideways world.

Again I am at a loss.  So I guess when everyone died, they really died.  The flash-sideways world was the purgatory type place?  Hurley and Ben eventually died as well at some point too then.  Christian walked into the afterlife through the church doors into the white light?

The pacing of this episode was way, way off.  I wonder how watching the download with no commercials would help or hurt that?  For us watching it on TV, even with me tape delaying it on the DVR so I could fast forward through commercials, it often seemed like there was only 5 minutes of LOST at a time sandwiched by commercials and extra scenes of Jack and Lock looking over the waterfall ledge, etc.

Was the candy machine an allusion to the island?  Pull the candy machine plug out, the candy falls (MIB falls to his death), plug it back in, all is well?

Where did Frank and the others fly to?  What did they do?  Just have some life back in the real world?

I can see how this finale could be pretty divisive.  My own emotional state prior to watching LOST, despite my great efforts, was compromised, a huge, huge disappointment to me.  Up until this final season, I have always had the purist of LOST viewing environments.  It was extremely ritualistic to me.  I have not been able to maintain those same rituals, and I believe it definitely effected how I viewed the finale.

Then again, the finale was a bit Return of the King-ish, with lots and lots of reunions and good-byes.  I am ok with that, better than the show ending with malice.

I thought the end would be Jack on the island looking at a plane in some situation.

I am sure I will followup with some updates, but for now, this is all I have.  I will give the finale only 4-stars, and perhaps if there was a 3.5 star option I would choose that.

Farewell LOST.


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